If you grew up in Sweden during the 1970s, you have fond memories of the trolldeg (trollís dough), the modeling clay that was the educational craze at the time (it might still hold true?). Trolldeg is easy to make at home and enjoyable for little ones.
Unlike play dough, which is much softer and reusable, trolldeg has no oil or cream of tartar. It is much drier, and after it is shaped, it can be painted. In my preschool we made candlesticks, magnets, playing cards and door signs of trolldeg. You might get even more ideas. This is a fun recipe to use with children or grandchildren.
3 parts flour
1 part salt
1 to 1Ĺ parts water
Mix flour and salt in a big bowl, add water a bit at a time and work into a dough. The dough will dry quickly, so use right away. You might want to keep water in a small bowl and add water as you work with the dough. If youíre making something more elaborate, shape it and let it dry as pieces to glue together afterward. Add a toothpick to strengthen a piece. Use knives (careful if you work with children), cookie cutters or a garlic press as tools and decorate with dried flowers and leaves, pebbles, beads and shells. Let dry overnight, then paint and glue.
A boy playing with paint-dyed trolldeg. You can also wait and paint the trolldeg after it is shaped and dried.